Canadian Videogame Sales Take a Dive

Canadian Videogame Sales Take a Dive

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The Canadian videogame industry has been hit with its first quarterly drop in sales in seven years, but analysts say the slide can't be blamed entirely on the recession.

The NPD Group said year-on-year videogame sales declined 8.5 percent in the first quarter of the year, the first such slide since the research company began tracking sales figures in 2002. The number applies to the industry as a whole but as Gamasutra noted, the bulk of the decrease resulted from slowing hardware sales: Home console sales were down 14.5 percent while handhelds slipped by an even more dramatic 21 percent, compared to a 7.5 percent drop in home console game sales and only a 1.5 percent reduction in handheld software.

Surprisingly, the NPD says the most obvious cause of the downturn - the recession - isn't at fault here. "It may be tempting to attribute the decline in sales to the current state of the economy," said analyst Matthew Tattle. "However, on closer inspection, the first quarter of 2009 lacked the number of blockbuster titles that drove sales during the same period last year." Among those titles, he said, were Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Rock Band and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Tattle's analysis matches that of Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter, who said last week that a 17 percent year-over-year dip in game sales in the U.S. was due primarily to the lack of "must-have" titles like Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also noted that April could be even worse as the industry runs up against the mark established by the 2008 release of Grand Theft Auto IV, which drove sales of both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Don't worry, Canadian game industry, once I actually have money not devoted to university I'll help you out. How's 2015 sound?

Must be because of all the PIRATES!

No doubt.

Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

I think they've discovered that not one decent game has been released this year for the PS3/Xbox/Wii. That could be argued but I'll stand by my thoughts.

xmetatr0nx:
Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

That money just ends up going to our high taxes, which then gives us healthcare. Lousy paradox.

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:
Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

That money just ends up going to our high taxes, which then gives us healthcare. Lousy paradox.

So there is a catch! I knew it was too good to be true for you guys.

xmetatr0nx:

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:
Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

That money just ends up going to our high taxes, which then gives us healthcare. Lousy paradox.

So there is a catch! I knew it was too good to be true for you guys.

Pretty much, and the waiting lines in hospitals are always massive, always. Just don't tell the other Americans, we like to pretend we have a good thing going.

I hate Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I would reverse-buy it to bork the sales figures if that was even a real thing.

On the hardware side of things, we've already done our patriotic duty and bought all the consoles we need. A decline in hardware sales this far into the console generation seemed sorta inevitable, didn't it?

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:
Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

That money just ends up going to our high taxes, which then gives us healthcare. Lousy paradox.

So there is a catch! I knew it was too good to be true for you guys.

Pretty much, and the waiting lines in hospitals are always massive, always. Just don't tell the other Americans, we like to pretend we have a good thing going.

Well...you guys still have Nickelback and Rush.

Griever18:

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:
Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

That money just ends up going to our high taxes, which then gives us healthcare. Lousy paradox.

So there is a catch! I knew it was too good to be true for you guys.

Pretty much, and the waiting lines in hospitals are always massive, always. Just don't tell the other Americans, we like to pretend we have a good thing going.

Well...you guys still have Nickelback and Rush.

We stand by the second one. It's illegal to rid the world of the first... for now.

Griever18:

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:
Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

That money just ends up going to our high taxes, which then gives us healthcare. Lousy paradox.

So there is a catch! I knew it was too good to be true for you guys.

Pretty much, and the waiting lines in hospitals are always massive, always. Just don't tell the other Americans, we like to pretend we have a good thing going.

Well...you guys still have Nickelback and Rush.

I like to pretend Nickelback doesn't come from Canada. They just spawned along with Celine Dion and Pamela Anderson in a lab of unknown whereabouts, then released onto the world to annoy the masses.

don't worry, buddy. there's nothing to worry aboot, the economa will pick up, guy, then all will be okay, eh.
i watch a lot of south park

We're not your buddy, guy.

OH MY SCIENCE!

At least you still got that lumber industry.

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:

Wouldukindly:

xmetatr0nx:
Come on canadians, use that money that would normally go into health care and help out your gaming industry.

That money just ends up going to our high taxes, which then gives us healthcare. Lousy paradox.

So there is a catch! I knew it was too good to be true for you guys.

Pretty much, and the waiting lines in hospitals are always massive, always. Just don't tell the other Americans, we like to pretend we have a good thing going.

We'll be burdened with that system soon enough I'm sure.

Mr.HomerSimpson:
We're not your buddy, guy.

And I'm not your friend buddy!

Isnt the reason becasue most of the new games this year are s**t?

Shapsters:

Mr.HomerSimpson:
We're not your buddy, guy.

And I'm not your friend buddy!

We're not your buddy, friend.

 

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